Thomas E. Baka (1934 - 2017)

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Thomas E. Baka, age 82, a longtime McCain Street, Brockway resident, died on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
Born on April 9, 1934, in Brockway, he was the son of the late Thomas F. and Catherine V. Timko Baka. On April 30, 1960 he was married to Irma Wagenknecht and she survives.
Retired, Tom had been employed as a machinist at Brockway Glass.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1956 to 1958 in Germany.
He was a member of St. Tobias Church in Brockway. Tom also was a member of the Holy Name Society and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to the Brockway V.F.W. Club and had served as a past president.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and following the local racing circuit and the drivers who participated.
In addition to his wife he is also survived by a sister, Barbara Montresor of State College, Pa.; three brothers, Joseph Baka, George (Karren) Baka, both of Brockway and Paul (Judy) Baka of Washington, D.C.; a granddaughter, Stephanie Baka of DuBois; and a daughter-in-law, Janet Baka, also of Brockway. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Tommy Baka; and a sister, Sr. Paulina Baka.
Calling hours will be on Friday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Tobias Church also in Brockway, with Msgr. Charles Kaza presiding. Burial will follow in St. Tobias Cemetery in Brockway. A vigil service will be held Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Full military honors will be accorded on Saturday morning at the church by Parson-Marnati Post #95 of the American Legion.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Tobias Church 1135 Hewitt Street Brockway, PA 15824.
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Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc
1033 4Th Ave
Brockway, PA 15824
(814) 268-2732
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Published in The Courier Express on Jan. 6, 2017
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